When will Doug Ford come clean on his plan for cuts?
Jun 05 2018 by Kathy Alvarado
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at a townhall meeting in Windsor, February 15, 2018.
Even though Wynne conceded yesterday she would not be Ontario's premier after Thursday's vote, she still urged people to vote for Liberal candidates and stop the Progressive Conservatives or the NDP from forming a majority government.
On the verge of tears, the premier said that the Liberals wouldn't be able to form the government after the election and that she wasn't going to pretend it wasn't hard.
"We do not know the state of the finances of Ontario, and anyone who tells you they know is lying", said Melissa lantsman, referring to the conclusion of the auditor General of the province that deficit projections of liberals underestimated.
Liberal Michael Coteau, who served as minister of children and youth services until the election began, said news of Wynne's decision was shared in a conference call less than half an hour before she publicly announced it. Coteau, who wasn't on the call, said he learned of the move on social media.
Wynne said she made Saturday's announcement because it would free up voters to think strategically, riding by riding.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath called Wynne's decision "a risky game", in a statement that also read: "Kathleen Wynne has abandoned the fight against Doug Ford cuts".
Wynne's push for more Liberal votes won't mean a minority government, Horwath added, but instead help Ford capture a majority.
Wynne did plead with voters to support Liberal candidates in order to prevent a PC or NDP majority. Therefore, she says people should vote Liberal to ensure the other parties can not win anything except a minority. "What's worrisome is we have a leader who's trying to take the chair of the premier in this province and he's not being honest with people".
Meanwhile, Windsor-Tecumseh candidate Remy Boulbol said in a written statement that Wynne has been an "inspiration to me as a woman looking to enter politics", and that the Liberal platform remains best for Ontario. But are there enough "progressive" votes that the NDP can pilfer off Liberals to pull off the most unlikely upset in Ontario election history?
At this point Liberals have to ask themselves: do I ever bother voting for my party if my leader has basically given up the fight?
With the election roughly a week away, Wynne travelled to the heart of her NDP rival's riding on Wednesday to portray herself as the only seasoned stateswoman in the campaign capable of rising above the ideological fray.
With poll data indicating the possibility of a PC or NDP minority government, Bortolin told BlackburnNewsWindsor.com this is the latest example of Wynne's ability to make the tough calls.
"They're going to be choosing a person to lead them who will be in some very tricky, very delicate negotiations with USA officials", Wynne said. The NDP, after all, have only formed government once, in 1990.